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Thursday, April 21, 2011

BUS GETS SHOT!

http://twitpic.com/4nsl9v
North Portland shooting injures 1, halts TriMet bus
 Man, TriMet bus shot in North Portland
TriMet bus hit when shots are fired

What’s it cost to run a TriMet vehicle?

Portland AFoot

GO BY STREETCAR!

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/04/go-by-streetcar.html
in case you didn't get it over BDS, shooting NE Fremont & Williams, shot a
#24 bus.

No apparent injuries to driver or passengers

TRIMET MANAGEMENT VIOLATES ITS OWN POLICY!

It is a violation of state and federal law, as well as TriMet policy, to retaliate against employees or
customers who have filed a complaint of discrimination, participated in an investigation of unlawful
discrimination, declared misuse of public funds, or engaged in other legally sanctioned, appropriate
behavior.

- Stefan Molyneux

YouTube - The State of the Nation

Ridership holds steady

Cut home heating subsidies for elderly, but pay for this!??????

The Obama administration has announced plans to send $25 million in aid to the Libyan rebels as part of a broadening international effort to help the fighters in their campaign against Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the money would be provided for so-called "non-lethal aid."

CRASH!

Dave's bus pix

http://www.flickr.com/photos/davesbuspix/

Measure of a good employer

We all know what distinguishes a good employer from a bad one. A good one provides four basic things. First, it makes sure that everyone has a proper job to do. Second, it pays them fairly. Third, it makes employees feel that their efforts are recognised. And fourth, it gives them nice people to work with. That’s all: there is nothing else. 

Financial times report on cities that are working to reduce dependence on cars

http://media.ft.com/cms/0c08e8b0-61a5-11e0-88f7-00144feab49a.pdf

Portland Transport

Portland Transport: Thinking about solutions for the Beaverton-Wilsonville corridor

Killed by bus turning left-faces jail time

You sure you want to be  a bus driver? Think twice before getting into this business!

SamTrans bus driver charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter - San Jose Mercury News

Killed by bus turning left

Pedestrian killed by Edmonton transit bus - Edmonton - CBC News

Who knows why Trimet won't consider this

Pittsburgh-area transit agency ordering more larger buses to ease crowding on ...

Bus violence in Seattle

This job gets more and more dangerous......

Police searching for suspect after man shot on Metro bus | KING5.com | Seattle Area Local News

Facebook auto generated groups

Tri-Met Computers (3)

Republicans Share Their Bigotry



Here are those bigoted Republicans,the right-wing claims don’t exist,proudly declaring their conservative values.

APRIL 19

4/20/11 from al m on Vimeo.

What makes a great bus line?

Portland Afoot

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

4-20 mount tabor according to bus passengers!
Max disruption going west created a whole bunch of
Upset people. No announcements of course!

10 Most Awkward Political Gaffes

I propose this new motto for Trimet-RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!

Substitute TRIMET for BORG, in reference to the Pork going to the richest community in our area, LAKE OSWEGO!

Worried about safety on Trimet? Check this out!

Authorities said a group of 20 to 25 youths boarded a MARTA train bound for Atlanta's airport, and viciously attacked the passengers.
Police said one of the teenagers bashed one rider in the face with a soda-pop can, pushed him down and stole his wallet. Another passenger on the southbound train was punched in the face.
Police said both of the riders who were attacked work for Delta Air Lines, and have been staying at a hotel near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The Delta workers - including one from Gig Harbor, Wash., and the other from New York City - suffered cuts in the attack late Saturday night south of downtown Atlanta.
MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris said police are still investigating, and no arrests have been made.
--The Associated Press
 http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/04/20-25_teens_storm_georgia_train_attack_riders.html

HR TESTIMONY COMPLETE

Nothing to report, Carol Jolly took the information and asked questions.
She will investigate and make her report back to me, she has no power to impose any sort of decision, she can only fact find and send her findings over to operations, the same people that I filed the complaint on.
I have a valid complaint of harassment against the management, who collectively have distorted past meetings and stretched HR rules with obvious intent, which is to stop me from engaging in my off work hobbies.
The threat of termination is obviously intimidation for a "legally sanctioned" behaviour.

If this goes nowhere the next step is BOLI

HOW DOES TRIMET TREAT ITS EMPLOYEES?

In Farrell, Frank Farrell bus driver suffered from diabetes, eczema, asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. In relation to these medical conditions, Farrell repeatedly asked for time out, your employer has not granted always. Farrell said that the repeated negative not only violate their rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (“used”) but they caused Farrell to develop a disorder of anxiety and depression.
Because the Court reasoned that the jury based its award to Farrell in real wages lost as a result of Tri-Met’s repeated denials, the Ninth Circuit confirmed the award of the jury. Thus he met Tri should pay an indemnity of Farrell.

http://www.health-articles-news.com/they-used-not-to-foresee-back-door-prize-of-emotional-injury 

JACK BOGDANSKI ON THE LATEST PORK BARREL STREETCAR PROJECT

It's classic Williams-Dame. You get your call girl politicians to keep voting yes, all the while saying "It's just for further analysis -- we can always say no later." One morning the song is suddenly switched to "It's too late to turn back now." That's what Tri-Met has done with the mystery train to Milwaukie, and that's what a slim majority of city council members are doing in Lake Oswego. Whether they realize it or not.

http://bojack.org/2011/04/homer_williams_scam_script_pla.html 

GREAT GRANPA PLAYFAIR HEADING OUT TO PASTURE!

http://www.governmentjobs.com/view_job.cfm?JobID=316879

TRUE?

Portland Afoot
Creaky fleet: TriMet has retired 20 buses in the last year that it didn't plan to.
1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Living in Public

.... I remember some planning guru arguing that most Americans live their lives in three boxes: house, car, and workplace. His argument was that we were limiting our connections to our community in the way we structure where we live, where we work, and how we get to and from those places. I’m not doing his argument justice here, but I think there is some truth in that. But not only do we try to keep the physical aspects of our lives neatly compartmentalized; we also try to box our successes and failures, and our grief and our joy. If you spend any time on public transit, you’ll quickly realize that there is a portion of the population that isn’t boxed up in the same way ...

Interesting perspective from Suburban/Urbanist

APRIL 19

4/19/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

PORTLAND AREA ELITE PASS THE LATEST PORK PROJECT

Although the vote was "close", there was never any doubt that this would pass see http://youtu.be/fTahZE4q90U
 
Lake Oswego endorses streetcar; Portland votes on Wednesday
in morn never showed and she was late to work!.Jose was driving my run and they pulled him for awhile!..TRIMESS..always filling for max!..crazy asses!
did u know they cancelled 6 or 7 runs this morn?..max was down so they just pulled ppl. off some of the runs to do a bus bridge..1 lady that rides in morn

Portland pork barrel transit district

YouTube - Lake Oswego streetcar project decisions due soon

Trimet's most excellent Ministry of Propaganda

CLICK HERE!

Vigil planned

TRIMET MANAGEMENT GETTING PROACTIVE AT CATCHING TRANSIT THUGS

This is the second incident where publicity about riders who seem to think the transit system exists for their amusement, has lead to their arrest and public humiliation.
Trimet management should be congratulated on putting these thugs out in the public domain.
We need them to continue to follow this procedure when these sorts of incidents occur!

Arrested!

TriMet police arrest 27-year-old woman suspected of spitting at line 71 driver | Oregon Live
One down, one to go. What about the fare evader with the woman? Does he just get off scott-free or what?

It’s TriMet tax day, too. What are we paying for?

  Because TriMet has been allowed to write its own definition of new service, the blue line includes new debt payments for rail construction and bus replacements and rising benefit costs for LIFT drivers.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/04/its-trimet-tax-day-too-what-are-we-paying-for/

FIND THESE PEOPLE

Blaming the recession instead of the bus cuts for declines in bus riders a transit trend

MTA bus ridership declines in recession | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

inShare0 ReprintPrint Email Font Resize San Francisco bus rolls down hill in Daly City, hits car, injures woman trapped in vehicle

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17877504?nclick_check=1

Arctic Whisper - First fast-charging hybrid electric bus debuts in Sweden

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-04-arctic-fast-charging-hybrid-electric.html

Jack Bogdanski is doing an excellent job covering the crisis in Japan

While they poison the ocean (Jack Bog's Blog)
Why not radiation-test West Coast fish? (Jack Bog's Blog)
Fukushima's future (Jack Bog's Blog)

When elites fail

Part 1
Part 2

Bus shelters disgraceful!

Bus shelters are a mess in Hillsboro. | YouNewsTV™ - Your news. Your voice. Be heard. YouNews™

Art screws up rail

Power Outage Delays MAX Trains - Portland News Story - KPTV Portland

Mary Festch

Tri-Met seeks woman who spit on driver | kgw.com | News | Portland, Oregon

IS THE TEA PARTY PHENOMENON OVER?



Why does the mainstream media and our elected representatives still pander over them? Click here to read story.

MORE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE SONG AND DANCE

Offshoring American Jobs:An Ongoing Economic Catastrophe

This is what Americans were told some time ago when good manufacturing jobs were offshored (largely courtesy of the National Association of Manufacturers).
We were told that we were entering a new economy that had nothing to do with manufacturing. The offshoring was part of the "maturation of our economy." And so we were handed a promissory note that read as follows:
"Dear American: We don't like unions or high-paying union jobs, so we're sending manufacturing jobs offshore. We're not going to support the communities that this will disastrously impact when all those jobs are lost. We're going to do little or nothing to retrain the individuals who have lost those jobs due to offshoring. But don't worry. The stock market will do better, and trickle-down theory tells us that someday, somehow, good jobs, different jobs, will come back to America.
"Signed,
Mr. Nobody"
The rest of the story
http://http://www.progressiveliving.org/editorial_offshoring_American_jobs.htm

Nasty Little Narrow Republicans



Catch Mike's show on KPOJ @9pm M-F.

JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER

I have never lived in a time when so many false narratives competed for supremacy of the collective mind-space. Omnipresent as it is, reality seems to elude us, and certainly its supposed interlocutors - figures such as presidents, his highest appointed officials, their voluble, strutting opponents in the other party, the glamorpusses behind the Cable TV news desks, poor dim Bill Keller at The New York Times, and, of course, the necromancers of economics on campuses from Cambridge to Palo Alto.

Gaming Our Own Asses - Clusterfuck Nation

APRIL 18

4/18/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Portland Rising rally!

Portland Rising 1. The march starts: Good Jobs For All 4.16.11
Portland Rising 2. The march: Good Jobs For All 4.16.11
Portland Rising 3. The march: Good Jobs For All 4.16.11
Portland Rising 4. Rally Terry Shrunk.: Good Jobs For All 4.16.11
Portland Rising: 5 Terry Shrunk rally ends: Good Jobs For All 4.16.11

Monday, April 18, 2011

Slide show of the fugitive spitter!

TriMet Transit Police Seeking Riders After Spitting Incident - Photos - KPTV Portland

Oregonian editorial board actually makes some sense

Get off the LO streetcar | OregonLive.com

CENTER ST FACEBOOK?

http://www.facebook.com/pages/TriMet-Center-St/178380565527354

THE MONEY THAT IS SOLD ABROAD IS YOU

http://youtu.be/Cd-SLRyuRq0

LAND OF FREEDOM

New figures show the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the developed world, while ranking ninth worst in social spending. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the United States imprisons 760 of every 100,000 citizens, more than five times the OECD average.

BE A TRIMET BUS DRIVER-GET SPIT ON

TriMet seeking woman who spit in bus driver's face in Southeast Portland | OregonLive.com

BOJACK REPORTS

How Tom Moyer will get your sewer bill payment (Jack Bog's Blog)
Banana republic, here we come (Jack Bog's Blog)
Bad news from the robots (Jack Bog's Blog)
 Another inconvenient truth (Jack Bog's Blog)

DER FUHER SCOTT WALKER

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is reportedly preparing a new effort to further weaken the public sector in his state. According to Forbes magazine, Walker’s camp is drafting legislation that would allow for a takeover of local municipalities that fail a financial stress test. Walker could then appoint emergency managers empowered to cancel union contracts, dismiss elected officials and school board members, and take control of entire cities and towns. Walker would also have unchecked authority to cancel government services, including safety net assistance. A high-powered Wisconsin law firm is said to be drafting the plan. The plan would mirror a law enacted in Michigan last month.

GAS COUPONS GOOD FOR ONE GALLON OF GAS

GUESS WHAT TIME IT IS IN HOLLAND RIGHT NOW



FORD ASSEMBLY LINE 100 Years Ago

http://www.youtube.com/swf/l.swf?video_id=S4KrIMZpwCY

Morale to the Left, Morale to the Right, and Not a Stop to Think

Different jobs attract different personalities. The Mike Tysons of the world do not go into ballet, nor do the Mother Teresas become tank commanders. The career military attracts people who run from the merely abnormal to the frankly weird. For example, they place extreme value on ritual and ceremony, on ribbons and medals and colored things more appropriate to a Christmas tree than to a human being. They are authoritarian by nature, comfortable in a rigid, hierarchical, and conformist society that most of us would find equally unbearable and absurd. Suppose your boss told everyone in the office that they had to wear exactly the same clothes and stand at attention in the morning to that he could determine whether they had dressed themselves correctly. Militaries start with odd material.

http://fredoneverything.net/Losing.shtml 

Trimet general manager will scan with his eyes!

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/trimet-general-manager-will-scan-with-his-eyes

Get on the Bus: Transit Union Looks to Ally with Riders

http://www.labornotes.org/2011/04/get-bus-transit-union-looks-ally-riders

Losing gamble to rigged market capitalism: Keiser Report Extra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csvECHC3zxo

DRIVE A BUS-GET A ROCK THROWN AT YOU

I drove the Hybrid




There is a big difference in the braking/acceleration characteristics compared to the traditional low floors.I enjoyed driving it for 6 hours.

TYRANTS CONCEDE THAT PASSENGERS WALKING INTO THINGS ARE NOT THE OPERATORS FAULT?

We have been informed by reliable sources that the tyrants who are currently running Trimet Transit District and have been blaming operators when careless passengers injure themselves by stupidly walking into an wheelchair lift that is in operation, are now conceding that the carelessness and stupidity of the public is not the fault of the operator after all!

This after they have tyrannically punished numerous operators for accidents when the bus is not even moving!

It's unbelievable! It's incredible! Can Trimet management actually be using logic and reason? Are they finally waking up to the fact that NOT EVERY SINGLE THING THAT HAPPENS IN THE BUS IS THE OPERATORS FAULT!

Hallelujah and praise the lord! It's a miracle!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Who's looking this week?

TRANSIT DISTRICTS ASSIST BANKSTERS IN AVOIDING TAXES!

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-04-15/wells-fargo-can-t-claim-115-million-tax-deductions-court-rules.html

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer

Super rich see federal taxes drop dramatically

Palin: Wis. gov doing the right thing with unions

Hundreds of labor supporters surrounded the rally, trying to drown Palin out with chants of "Hey-hey, ho-ho, Scott Walker has got to go!" and "Recall Walker!"
"Hey, folks! He's trying to save your jobs and your pensions!" Palin yelled into the microphone. "Your governor did the right thing and you won! Your beautiful state won! And people still have their jobs!"
but Sara Palin..?

PORTLAND RISING RALLY AND MARCH GETS SOME PRESS



http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-26954-oregon_unions_put_their_fists_in_the_air.html

ATU MEMBERS AT PORTLAND RISING MARCH

ANOTHER SLOPPY BLUNDER

Trimet thinks this is the 300 block of W Burnside: CLICK HERE FOR MAP ORIGINAL

FACTS ABOUT YOUR PENSION

http://www.box.net/shared/static/zickolus3h.pdf

WANNA GETTOUTTA HERE?

Calculate your pension HERE! (trinet account holders only)

The Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI)

As I prepare my case for Human Resources I am also getting the documents ready to file a complaint to BOLI in regards to the retaliatory behavior by our tyrannical management.

http://www.oregon.gov/BOLI/CRD/C_Crcompl.shtml

COMMENT ON CENTER STREET CLEANUP

Request for Comments

SCREW THE PEOPLE BUT FATTEN UP THE MILITARY

YouTube - 'War lobby won $700 billion budget boost, wants MORE as collapse looms'

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE SONG AND DANCE

Saturday, April 16, 2011

TRIMET TRASH

PORTLAND RISING RALLY AND MARCH FOR JOBS (THE SIX MINUTE VERSION)

PORTLAND RISING APRIL 16,2011 from Ross Wrede on Vimeo.

MY DAY AT THE WORKERS RIGHTS RALLY-23 mins

ATTENDING THE WORKERS RIGHTS RALLY IN PORTLAND OREGON from al m on Vimeo.

INTERCITY BUS MAP

I RAN INTO MY OLD PAL TIM AT THE RALLY

18,000 PEOPLE SHOW UP FOR A SOCCER GAME

But you can only get a couple thousand to show up to a workers rights rally.
We are in big trouble as a country!

JOBS WITH JUSTICE MARCH


ACTIVIST

Steve Jobs

Steve Fung spotted on the jobs page!

Train fares cut to save energy

SPAIN: Under a national energy-saving plan approved by the cabinet last month, fares on RENFE suburban and medium-distance services are to be cut by 5% to encourage greater use of public transport.

wow, incredible, an actual public policy to HELP CITIZENS!


http://www.railwaygazette.com/nc/news/single-view/view/train-fares-cut-to-save-energy.html

REED GROUP&TRIMET MANAGEMENT WORKING TOGETHER TO SCREW OPERATORS

Just got off the line with one of the union executive board members who related a story of incompetence and intentional obstruction in handling FEMLA claims.

The Reed Group is about to be faced with a civil lawsuit by one of our sister driver's and Trimet is guilty of allowing this intentional obstruction of Federal laws to flourish right in front of them!

Uh, OK?

Transit » TriMet Merlo Bus Fuel & Wash Facility and LIFT Building – Beaverton, Oregon

TEA PUPPET RALLY TWO YEARS AGO APRIL 15, 2009

It doesn't appear that the ranks of these tea puppets are growing in the past two years.

TEA PUPPET RALLY AT PIONEER SQUARE APRIL 15, 2011

Someone should have told these folks to spread out a little more. At least try and give the illusion that they had a larger crowd. Why does the mainstream corporate media still give so much attention to these clowns? Okay...I know the answer.

OVER WORKING YOUR EMPLOYEES

A huge problem here, while the bozo's in charge flap their jaws about creating a "culture of safety" all their actions are creating a completely unsafe organization.
The amount of overtime being handed out here is incredible!

Billions in Bloat Uncovered in Beltway

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703749504576172942399165436.html

16 tons of debt

http://youtu.be/DpeIV9X-smg

What about high speed rail?

http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/04/13/high.speed.rail.fact.check/index.html

PDX UNCUT VISITS HOLLYWOOD BRANCH OF BANK OF AMERICA


Bank of America pays no corporate income taxes.  Were you as fortunate?

Your 2010 Federal Tax Receipt

Find out where your tax money goes. Check it out at the White House

APRIL 15

4/15/11 from al m on Vimeo.

A DRIVE THROUGH THE TRANSIT MALL AND BURNSIDE ON A FRIDAY NITE

STATS

CHART OF INSURANCE COVERAGE

Friday, April 15, 2011

TRIMET BOARD MEMBER FOLLOWS FRED HANSEN TO ADELAIDE

Tiffany Sweitzer

Click Here to Read

This "great thinker" is also virulent anti union!
She walked out on our president!

9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes

This article should be required reading for every teabagger, right winger, etc. Author David Cay Johnston is a frequent guest on Rachael Maddow and Ed Schultz

Click here to read story

Have fun Anita! We'll miss you.


MICHAEL MOORE ON TAX DAY

CLICK HERE!

GOT A BREAK? WANT SOME LIGHT READING?

A Pouch SOP Book has been created in response to a recommendation in the System Safety Review conducted last year. The Pouch SOP Book is a full copy of the Bus Operator SOP Manual. The Pouch SOP Book can now be found in the pouch for every bus run. If your pouch does not contain a copy of the Pouch SOP Book, please notify a station agent.
What is in the Pouch SOP Book? This is a full copy of the current Bus Operator SOP Manual that has been sized to fit in the pouch. Every Bus Operator SOP is in the book. It is meant to provide a reference to operators in the field when needed.  The SOPs in the Pouch SOP Book are up to date as of the publication date on the cover.
What is not in the Pouch SOP Book? Like the standard-sized Bus Operator SOP Manual, the Pouch SOP book will not be the place for general advice, insights or history. Nor will it replace official documents such as the Working & Wage Agreement or the Human Resources Manual.
When will these SOPs go into effect?All the procedures in the Pouch SOP Book are currently in effect. This is a full copy of the current Bus Operator SOP Manual and is for reference by operators in the field.  The SOPs in the Pouch SOP Book are up to date as of the publication date on the cover.
There may be changes to SOPs prior to the next publication and distribution of the Pouch SOP book. Changes to SOPs are announced via Operator Notice and the most current version of SOPs are maintained on TriNet and in the Bus Operator SOP Manual reference copies maintained at each garage by the Office Assistants (OAs).  TriMet expects operators to read and follow all policies and procedures that apply to them.
How often will the Pouch SOP Book be updated?New Pouch SOP Books will be printed and distributed to pouches at least once a year.
Where can I find the most up-to-date version of the Bus Operator SOP Manual?The complete and current Bus Operator SOP Manual is always available on TriNET and reference copies of the Bus Operator SOP Manual are maintained at each garage by the OAs. Contact the Help Desk (503-962-5818) if you have trouble logging into TriNET.
Who will be able to answer questions about SOPs?Contact a transportation manager or assistant manager in person, by phone, by email or by leaving a note. If they don’t have the answer, they can help find the person who does.

Is Almost All ATU757 Contracts Expired?

http://betrueunion.blogspot.com/2011/04/is-almost-all-atu757-contracts-expired.html

Merrit Paulsen's dad

The owner of the Portland Timbers is this billionaire's son.The Portland City Council should have made the Paulsen family pay for a new stadium.They have the money.


http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2009/02/why_bail_out_merritt_paulson.html 

Walker Admits No Fiscal Benefit to Anti-Union Provision

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited Capitol Hill Thursday for an appearance before the House Oversight Committee. Under questioning from Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, Walker admitted a key provision curbing union rights had no fiscal benefit.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: "Can you please explain to me and members of this committee how much money this provision saves for your state budget?"
Gov. Scott Walker: "That and a number of other provisions we put in because if you’re going to ask, if you’re going to put in place a change like that, we wanted to make sure that we protected the workers of our state, so that they had a right to know what kind of value they got out of it. It’s the same reason we gave workers the right to choose, which is a fundamental American right, a right to choose whether or not they want to be part of a union, and whether or not they want up to a thousand dollars taken out"—
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: "Would you answer the question? How much money does it save, Governor?"
Gov. Scott Walker: "That particular part doesn’t save any."
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin also appeared before the panel. In a rebuke of Walker’s approach, Shumlin criticized the targeting of workers’ rights and benefits in the name of balancing budgets.
Gov. Peter Shumlin: "I don’t start with collective bargaining, and I don’t start with my public pensions. I start with the true costs. In Vermont, and this is true of most of the states of the country, healthcare is my biggest rising cost."

Wake up America

Lloyd Dangle will be leaving the cartoon world in a few weeks. I attended his book signing last year and found the guy totally entertaining.And yes Jeff, he is a University of Michigan grad!

US Is Broke, Failing, But Show Goes On

Today, we see similar upheavals, though not yet nearly so advanced. We argue these tumultuous times are a direct result of Internet truth-telling about the elite's central banking economy combining with the evident and obvious failures of the system as it is. In fact, it seems to us that the Anglo-American power elite has taken a desperate gamble, purposefully destabilizing the current system in order to create social and economic confusion that will lead to the establishment of world government.

http://www.thedailybell.com/2078/US-Is-Broke-Failing-But-Show-Goes-On.html 

MTA Using Subways to Transport Trash: Report

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/MTA-Using-Subways-to-Transport-Trash-Report-119761664.html

TRANSIT EXECUTIVES GOLDEN PARACHUTES WHILE SERVICES AND BENEFITS GET WHACKED!

BART's Dugger quits with $1 million severance

Chicago Transit Employee Accused Of Demanding Bribe From Filmmakers

http://consumerist.com/2011/04/chicago-transit-employee-accused-of-demanding-bribe-from-filmmakers.html

THE EMPIRE KEEPS GROWING

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/print-edition/2011/04/15/trimet-sops-up-rail-land.html

POLICE BRUTALITY FARE ENFORCEMENT MISSIONS AT THE PORTLAND PORK BARREL TRANSIT DISTRICT

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/04/jury_awards_woman_82000_after.html

http://bojack.org/2011/04/do_the_right_thing_1.html

THE MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA SPREADS IT TENTACLES EVERYWHERE

CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO-PORTLAND STREETCAR ADVOCATES-PORTLAND PORK BARREL TRANSIT DISTRICT (trimet)

APRIL 14

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 14 from al m on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yo-Yo wizard on Blue Line Max Train (not my video!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCweaogQCWY

THIS PICTURE CAPTURES THE SOUL OF TRIMET MANAGEMENT TODAY

It's all about the money!

SPEECHLESS

Portland Rising

March and Rally for Jobs and Benefits, No Cuts!

Saturday, April 16 - 12 Noon
Pioneer Square - 6th and SW Broadway

Anita Munn Retirement Ceremony



One of my favorite drivers will be honored at the Center Street bullpen tomorrow afternoon.

I SENT THIS EMAIL TO HARRY

THIS IS A VIDEO THAT I MADE SEVERAL YEARS AGO.

IT IS THE BEST DEMONSTRATION OF THE HAZARD OF DRIVING TRIMET EQUIPMENT I CAN PROVIDE YOU.

HEAT EXHAUSTION, VISORS THAT DO NOT BLOCK THE SUN, MICROPHONES THAT LITERALLY CAN KNOCK YOUR TEETH OUT AND ONLY WORK 1/2 THE TIME.

YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT SAFETY RATHER THAN TALK ABOUT IT?

HERE'S YOUR CHANCE!

AL M

http://youtu.be/g0CKPtCqlKQ

KILLED BY TRANSIT BUS

Woman struck by CTA bus in Lincolnwood - Chicago Breaking News

BUS DRIVERS IN DETROIT CALL IN SICK

Detroit bus service to get back to normal today | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

MBTA

Defense claims driver was aggressor in MBTA bus attack - Roxbury - Your Town - Boston.com
To T drivers, attacks are nothing new - The Boston Globe

LOADS OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS ON THE BUSES

One of the most common dispatch calls these days, people having behavior problems that have to be removed.

I've always found it curious, I seem to never have any behavior problems that actually require me to ask anybody to leave.

Been over 12 years for me now.

Destroy world economy today and get Xmas bonus!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL0VhySHjhk

LETTER TO LUCY SHIPLEY AT HR

Lucy-

I am filing this complaint because I believe I am the target of coordinated harassment on the part of Trimet management who asserts that they have the right to regulate my off duty behavior.

The behavior in question is my recording over the air dispatch communications, a perfectly legal endeavor.
HR 171  prohibits harassment when one is engaging in "lawfully sanctioned behavior". The management is clearly in violation of  this.

They also are ignoring HR 202 which regulates internet posting. The behavior in question is about an internet posting. They have chosen to ignore the scope of the policy which clearly demonstrates a conscious and willful attempt to intimidate me from engaging in a lawfully sanctioned activity.

I hereby charge Trimet management with a willful conspiracy to harass and intimidate me using the threat of termination in an effort to prohibit me from a lawfully sanctioned activity that any citizen of Oregon can perform.

Al Margulies

ATU INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT LARRY HANLEY NAMED TO AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL



Click to read article

Wisconsin previews 2012 chaos

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0411/53080.html

While Obama Touts Compromise with GOP, Progressive Lawmakers Unveil "People’s Budget"

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/14/while_obama_touts_compromise_with_gop

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/4/14/roundtable_assessing_obamas_budget_plan_state

TriMet Historical Photo Archives are back!

Go check it out here.

This is still Jason's baby, it just has a new (temporary?) home.

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 13

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 13 from al m on Vimeo.

Streetcar: It’s not easy to move into the future

http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130274370728522800

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

JELD-WEN A RIGHT WING ORGANIZATION!

Here's a run-down of some of the Jeld-Wen "family's" political contributions over the last several years:

TriMet's budget will be in black, assuming a win in union fight and big LIFT changes

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/04/trimets_2012_budget_expected_t.html

Plenty of promises in new TriMet budget

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/04/plenty-of-promises-in-new-trimet-budget/

TRIMET OFFICIAL NEWS RELEASE REGARDING THE BUDGET

TriMet today unveiled its proposed $434 million operating budget for FY12, and for the first time in three years, there are no service cuts anticipated and some bus and service will be restored. More

APRIL BOARD BRIEFING

A 2LonelyGuys Production

Lovely day for a tram ride

SPECIAL TIMBERS FARE...TWO BUCKS!!!

The following is an excerpt from The Oregonian:


Other than a quick trip, don't expect anything special from the express buses. They will be regular TriMet vehicles with "Express Service" or "Timbers Shuttle" glowing from the digital reader boards. Trips will be $2 each way, with tickets available from attendants at the stops. (Carry dollar bills for faster service.)


I always thought the normal adult fare for a one zone trip (transit mall to Jeld Wen Field for example) was $2.05. As far as I know, the TriMet Board has never approved this "special" fare. The marketing whiz kids will counter with the argument that they are trying to save time by not charging that extra nickel. How come that argument is never presented when operators and passengers have to endure TriMet's antiquated fare collection system thousands of time a day? Oh, I forgot, It's a bus thing.....never mind.

Obama: "Tax the rich -- this time I really mean it"


PORTLANDIA

YouTube - Portlandia conquers the city of Portland

TRIMET THINKS LINE 32 IS FREQUENT SERVICE

TriMet: Bus Line 32-Oatfield Map and Schedule

I FILE MY OWN HR COMPLAINT AGAINST THE MANAGMENT


Department Job title: MINI OPERATOR
Immediate supervisor; ROBERT ROMO
2. Check () the box that indicates why you feel you have received unfair treatment:
è other
3. Name and position title of person (s) involved: ROBERT ROMO ACTING AS AGENT FOR TRIMET MANAGMENT
Name Position Title; STATION MANAGER
4. Briefly explain the harassment or discrimination that you believe occurred. Clearly
explain who did what, when the action occurred, and why you believe the action occurred.
Attach an extra sheet if needed.
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ON FEB 10, 2011 I WAS GIVEN WRITTEN WARNING THAT I WAS IN VIOLATION OF HR RULE 171.
THIS WAS A RESULT OF MY LEGAL RECORDING AND POSTING OF A COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A TRIMET DISPATCHER AND A TRIMET OPERATOR.
TRIMET HR 171 STATES AS FOLLOWS:
It is a violation of state and federal law, as well as TriMet policy, to retaliate against employees or customers who have filed a complaint of discrimination, participated in an investigation of unlawful
discrimination, declared misuse of public funds, or engaged in other legally sanctioned, appropriate behavior.
I WAS ENGAGED IN A LEGALLY SANCTIONED BEHAVIOR, NAMELY LISTEING TO OVER THE AIRWAVE COMMUNICATIONS AND UTILIZING MY FREEDOM OF SPEECH RIGHTS TO DISSEMINATE THIS INFORMATION.
TRIMET MANAGEMENT HAS FULLY VIOLATED THE TERMS OF HR 171 FOR RETALIATING AGAINST ME WHILE ENGAGING IS A LEGALLY SANCTIONED ACTIVITY.
FUTHERMORE TRIMET MANAGEMENT IS IN VIOLATION OF HR 202 WHICH STATES:
The principles outlined in this policy provide standards for Internet use, communications, and
postings that utilize TriMet equipment or access to the Internet, and apply to all TriMet employees
whether they are on or off duty.
MY DISCIPLINARY LETTER WAS CONCERNING INTERNET POSTINGS.  I WAS NOT ON DUTY AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING, WAS NOT USING TRIMET EQUIPMENT AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING, AND WAS NOT USING TRIMET ACCESS TO THE INTERNET AT THE TIME OF THE POSTING. THE SCOPE OF THE RULES REGARDING INTERNET POSTINGS IS NOT REFERRED TO AT ALL WHICH IS A BLATANT ATTEMPT TO IGNORE FACTS RELEVANT TO THIS CASE!
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TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment 􀁒 Discrimination.4 19 January 2007
5. List any witnesses; JEFF ACKERSON
6. Date(s) the harassment or discrimination took place: FEBUARY 10, 2011
7. What action(s), if any, have you taken to address or resolve this matter? TALKED TO ROBERT ROMO+JAY JACKSON
8. How would you like this matter resolved? MY WARNING THROWN OUT!
I understand that these incidents will be investigated, but the information on this form will be
kept confidential to the extent possible.
I understand that all information that I give to the Director, Employee Services will remain
the property of TriMet.
Signature Date
Dates of investigation of complaint
Date of final report
Finding:
TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment 􀁒 Discrimination.5 19 January 2007
TriMet Complaint Procedure for Prohibited Harassment 􀁒 Discrimination.6 17 July 2008
TRI-COUNTY METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT OF OREGON
TriMet Complaint Procedure for
Prohibited Harassment, Discrimination 􀁒 Retaliation